A week-long festival aimed at challenging the taboo around death and dying will return in October.

The Art of Dying Well by Mountbatten will explore death, dying and bereavement through a series of performing arts and events.

“We know and understand why death and dying are challenging subjects for many people, mostly due to fear, denial and a lack of knowledge,” said Mountbatten chief executive Nigel Hartley.

“Encouraging conversations about death and dying is part of our work at Mountbatten and we hope the Art of Dying Well will support and give confidence to people to start some important discussions.

“We are all going to die and planning ahead for that time means less certainty, more comfort and carrying out our wishes.”

The programme includes a special Death Chat at Mountbatten and a tour of the Isle of Wight Crematorium, before a concert at Newport Minster featuring the Mountbatten choir on Wednesday 6 November.

“I would like to thank the wide range of people who have been involved in supporting us to make this event happen,” said Nigel.

“We believe it is such a vital issue, one that can make such a positive difference to people at what can be a very difficult time.”

The programme will be available from Mountbatten Hospice, Newport, Mountbatten shop, Ryde and Monkton Arts, Ryde.